Pristipomoides multidens   (Day,  1871) (Fish)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Actinopterygii

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Size: 60-90 cm.

Color: Body rosy or violet in ground color with about 6 longitudinal golden stripes or rows of gold spots; 2 golden bands edged with blue from snout to cheek; brownish yellow transverse vermiculations on top of head; dorsal fin with paler spots or a rosy reticulate pattern.

Body rather elongate and robust. Interorbital space flat; suborbital wide, 4.0 to 5.5 times in standard length in adults. Lower jaw slightly protruding. Teeth villiform bands in both jaws, with an outer row of distinct canines; villiform teeth on vomer and palatines, no teeth on tongue. Bases of dorsal and anal fin without scales, their last soft rays extended into shorts filaments. Pectoral fins long, reaching level of anus. Scale rows on back parallel to lateral line. Dorsal spines (total): 10-10, dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11, anal spines: 3, anal soft rays: 8.

Dioecious, oviparous, external fertilization.

Max. age reported: 30 years

Synonym (s)
Mesoprion multidens Day, 1870
Anthias multidens Day, 1875
Aprion pristipoma Day (nec Bleeker), 1889
Diacope sparus Temminck & Schlegel, 1842
Mesoprion multidens Day, 1871
Pristipomoides sparus (Temminck & Schlegel, 1842)

Common Name (s)
• Gold Banded Jobfish (English)
• Goldband Jobfish (English)
• Day's Jobfish (English)
Economic Importance and Threats
Importance:  Commercial
(Fisheries, marketed fresh or frozen)
Cultured:  Unknown

Habitat:  Demersal
Trophic Level:  Secondary Consumer
Prey:  Fishes, crabs, shrimps, molluscs, lobsters, stomatopods, squids, pelagic items including gastropods and urochordates


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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